Senior Bella Garner, left, and sophomore Perris Bowling were awarded Silver Medals in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. (All photos courtesy of Joann Keane)

A&E Exclusive: High School Students Receive National Honors for Dye-Sublimated Photography


Photography icon Ansel Adams once said, “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.” In a high school in North Carolina, Joann Keane’s photography students are doing just that by utilizing sublimation technology and ChromaLuxe, garnering attention and honors on a national stage.

Charlotte Catholic High School students were recently honored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers for their dye-sublimation photography prints on ChromaLuxe metal. Two students, senior Bella Garner and sophomore Perris Bowling, were awarded Silver Medals in the National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.

Their work also received Gold Key Awards in the 2017 Mid-Carolinas competition. According to Charlotte Catholic High School Photography Instructor Keane, gold recipients automatically advance to the national competition. Of the 1,800 Mid-Carolinas Gold recipients, only 37 students received awards. “(Garner and Bowling) are among the top one percent of Scholastic Art award recipients in 2017 nationally!” she tells A&E magazine.

“With your mentorship, your students have demonstrated that they are among the most talented young artists and writers in the nation,” notes Virginia McEnerney, executive director of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers in her Official Letter of Awards to the school. “By receiving a Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Silver Medal, your students join a legacy of celebrated authors and artists.”

Dye-sublimation is relatively new to Keane’s classroom. “Photographic printmaking is of the more recent photographic processes introduced at CCHS,” Keane says, explaining that she first introduced dye-sublimation to her students a year and a half ago. “Photography is ever-evolving as technology advances rapidly and in so many directions. In this fast-paced digital world, to see students gravitate to photo-artistic opportunities that utilize more hands-on methods, is amazing and gratifying.”

Thanks to the generosity of the CCHS Foundation, Keane has been able to expand their photographic printmaking opportunities, utilizing grant funds for both a wide-format sublimation printer and press.

The works of Garner and Bowling are the second and third National Scholastic Art recipients in the history of the school. In 2015, Maddie Susi received National Gold for her photography. Interestingly, Keane notes, Garner’s winning image is a photo of Susi.

Other students at CCHS also picked up eight Scholastic Gold and Silver Regional Scholastic Art & Writing awards for their dye-sublimation on ChromaLuxe. Two students advanced to the national level, earning them National Scholastic Silver Awards.

“Dye-sublimation has been a game-changer for photography,” Keane notes, adding that, last year, her students received six Gold and Silver Regional awards for printmaking with dye-sublimation.

For more information about the prestigious awards, visit www.artandwriting.org.

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